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In fundraising appeal, Arroyo camp hits back at coverage

City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo's re-election campaign is hitting back at their coverage of him and the City Council's boycott of Arizona, saying he is "under attack from the right wing media."

In a fundraising appeal emailed to supporters late Thursday, Patrick Keaney, Arroyo's campaign manager wrote, "Their goal is obvious: stop Felix's momentum right now so that he does not win re-election in 2011."

Keaney added: "But even his detractors are forced to admit that Felix is a man of his word - the headline in yesterday's Boston Herald says it all: 'Felix Arroyo praised for conviction.'"

The email comes days after Arroyo made the front page of the Herald, defending the boycott. An earlier edition, before he had called the paper back, had Arroyo's face on a milk carton, since the paper said he had been ducking them for days.

The email sought to highlight Arroyo's first six months on the council, and put the Arizona boycott, which Kearney called the state's "attempt to legalize racial profiling," third on the list, after helping get 1,000 additional summer jobs for youth and helping settle the firefighters arbitration award.

Arroyo has also been advocating for keeping open four branch libraries which are slated for closure, along with several other councillors.

"We must make sure Councilor Arroyo has the resources to respond to these attacks," Keaney wrote.

He added: "Taking stands like the ones he has taken carries political risk, especially for a freshman legislator. But we all know that risk doesn't enter the equation when Felix faces a tough decision. He fights for us, unequivocally. Now, we have to stand with him."


It would be nice if Boston's city councilors worried about Boston problems more than Arizona. Arizona has ILLEGAL immigrant problems and they are trying to deal with the problem that the federal government has ignored. The federal government tried amnesty back in 1986,it would be the end of the ILLEGAL immigrant problem. It has failed,now more ILLEGAL immigrants cross the border. With them comes violence in the form of drug traffic. I know that all ILLEGAL immigrants are not involved with violence and they come over for work and to have a better life for their families;and they do work hard. In Mexico's case it is a dysfunctional government that has been bailout by the U.S. and still can't help its own people. The Arizona law does not racial profile. Anybody that is stopped for an unlawful offense must show ID. I would if stopped for a traffic violation. It happens that a high percentage of the ILLEGALS in Arizona come from Mexico. What do you think the odds were that stopped ILLEGALS had no ID. We encourage legal immigration to those who want to be part of America,learning our values and speaking our language;for only English can bring us together many people of many colors united by communicating in the same language.